Supreme Court Year In Review

Supreme Court Overview: Two Pairs And A Lone Wolf

Court lacks ideological blocs, but teamwork stands out

Unlike the U.S. Supreme Court, the Connecticut Supreme Court resists easy division into neat ideological voting blocs. The past year proved, once again, the futility of labeling our Justices as "liberal," or "conservative": Justice Richard Palmer, for example, wrote two opinions that expanded the rights of criminal defendants, State v. Guilbert, 306 Conn. 218 (2012), and State v. Rose, 305 Conn. 594 (2012), but also, at the very end of the last Court year, authored a scathing pro-prosecution dissent, State v. Lenarz, 301 Conn. 417 (2012) (He was joined by Justice Peter Zarella, the one member of the Court who merits a conservative label.)

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